A new political action committee wants to flip the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, which currently has a 4-3 Democratic majority, to Republican. Their motivation? Democrats controlled the board and, they claim, provided poor oversight during a period of alleged corruption.
Early voting for the May 8 primary in Buncombe County begins Thursday, April 19 and will extend through Saturday, May 5. Voters in Buncombe County can cast a ballot at one of eight sites.
“I believe we need to help the Democrats who stand up for the good of all and to unify around these candidates at the voting booths. This is why a group of dedicated progressives has united to form the Progressive Democrats of Buncombe County.”
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke on Wednesday afternoon on the UNC Asheville campus, urging citizens to turn out for early voting.
“We are not allowed to call even one person naïve or ill-informed, cowardly, immoral, etc., ad nauseam, ad infinitum. Be it face to face, cyberspace or phone-banking wankering.”
“To old friend Cecil Bothwell, I’d like to suggest heeding some lines from the country tune ‘The Gambler.'”
“Remember that politics is the art of compromise, and the fact that that word is so reviled by many congressmen explains why nothing has advanced there. Will Bothwell be one of those, too?”
North Carolina politics remains in the national spotlight: New York Times guest columnist Sam Wang analyzes “The Great Gerrymander of 2012” — and includes a look at the power of GOP redistricting in the state.
They “disfranchised us, and now we intend to disfranchise them.”
It sounds like what North Carolina Republicans might have said behind closed doors while they were gerrymandering legislative and congressional districts to assure their party’s continuing dominance. However, the words came from a white Democratic state senator more than 100 years ago.
The heated race to be Asheville’s next Register of Deeds came to a head on Wednesday, Feb. 23, when the Executive Democratic Committee elected Drew Reisinger to succeed Otto DeBruhl.
photo by Jerry Nelson
The 50th Vance-Aycock fundraising dinner for state Democrats will host U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Oct. 9, at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn.